Recycled art demo Sat. at market

The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild presents craft artisan Lisa Scalf who will demonstrate how she takes recycled cans and fabricates them into footstools and other fun items on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville as part of the “Catskill Arts & Air” series.

The main focus of Lisa’s company, “Handmade with Love” is devoted to functionality and utilizing a wide variety of recycled or “up cycled” cans to produce an end product that is both functional and beautiful.

“I feel that we have to reduce waste in our landfills and be a more responsible consumer” says Lisa. All of the cans she uses are “harvested” locally from the hospital and local restaurants. Lisa spent 23 years in the fashion industry as a patternmaker for luxury designers and her inspiration for this collection stems from her grandmother in Kentucky who made footstools from cans in the 1940s and 1950s, long before the current trend of recycling.

“In Appalachia at that time, using what was at hand was a necessity, so I guess that mind-set has stayed with me.” Lisa is one of the featured artists in the summer edition of Kaatskill Life magazine. She also creates beautiful women’s and pet accessories.

“Catskill Arts & Air,” is an open-air series of art, music, and literary events each Saturday this summer at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, a collaboration of the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild and numerous local arts and business organizations. Events are free.

For more info, visit www.catsguild.org or call 845 586-3443. The series is funded in part by the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the O’Connor Foundation.

The market operates from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., each Saturday through Columbus Day at the Round Barn. Admission is free. Information: pfmarket.org